City Council Minutes
September 10, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on September 10, 2001, in City Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Cleveland L. Rippons called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Bohlen, Watkins, Weldon, Atkinson and Travers.
Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 27, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Traffic & Safety--Commissioner Watkins reported that the committee met on August 28, 2001 to discuss the following items:
The Committee will conduct a more detailed study on the request from the Dorchester County Detention Center on Fieldcrest Road to install "no parking" signs on one side of the road.
The owners of "Place on Race" located at 421 Race Street asked to have the tree in front of the building removed because it is damaging the sidewalk. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to have the Department of Public Works remove the tree. Commissioner Travers seconded it. Commissioner Watkins changed his motion to a motion for DPW to see that the tree is removed. The motion was passed unanimously.
The Committee tabled a recommendation to look into the feasibility of centerlines down Water, Cedar, and High Streets due to the high cost of the project. After Water Street receives a final asphalt coating, an evaluation of the appearance of a center line will receive more consideration.
David Pritchett reported that following the meeting, the Department of Public Works received a $20,000+ grant to do striping, upgrade intersection painting, and order signs.
The City Engineer and Chief of Police will study the area of Maryland Avenue and Trenton Street to evaluate the feasibility of creating a center turn lane to avoid some back-ups when the Creek Bridge is open.
Street Lighting--Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Street Lighting Committee met on August 28, 2001 to discuss the following issue:
The Committee recommends installing three additional lights, which will average every other pole in the currently unlit area. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to accept this recommendation. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Open Bids for Demolition of Several Residential Structures-Bids were received from:
Wheatley Brothers (Cambridge, MD)--$14,295
Choptank Excavating (Denton, MD)--$24,800
Jerol Moore (Cambridge, MD)--$17,628
Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to forward the bids to Planning and Zoning for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Ted Bramble to Request a 30- to 60-Day Exception for a Portable Hot Dog Stand-While he is waiting for the City to consider a text amendment to the City Code to allow a hot dog stand, Mr. Bramble would like a 30-day exception to this law. He is considering a site on the property of Cambridge Equipment at the intersection Cedar Street and Trenton Street. If it works, it could possibly be a permanent location. The trailer is 4-ft x 8-ft and has two wheels. He won't put in anywhere that will interfere with traffic. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant Mr. Bramble a 30-day trial period for his hot dog trailer. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Award Bid for IBM Netfinity Server for Cambridge Police Department-Chief Wroten reported that they reviewed the bids and found the lower bid did not meet all the requirements. He recommends accepting the bid from IBM Corporation. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept CPD's recommendation. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
CPD's Request for Noise Variance for Hot Spot Block Party on October 6, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (1000 Block of Cosby Avenue)-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to grant a noise variance for this annual event. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Resolution for the Creation of an Economic Development Committee-Ed Kinnamon read the draft resolution. Mayor Rippons asked that this be reviewed further and voted on next week, which will give the business community a chance to give their input.
Discuss New Open Space Program-David Pritchett reported that Governor Glendening has initiated the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program as part of the Smart Growth package. It is targeted at restoring and enhancing existing parks, playgrounds, and other open space. The City has a lot of areas that would qualify for this program. Each local government will be limited to one grant submittal package per grant round. The deadline date for submittal is September 17th and the awards will be made on November 30th. David Pritchett and Jim Michael have been reviewing the area and are recommending Cornish Park because of the heavy use it receives. He is also recommending enhancements be made to the Meadow Avenue Park. Mayor Rippons will meet with Jim Michael and David Pritchett later this week to make the final recommendation so the application will be ready by next Monday. The Mayor is asking for input from the Commissioners and the citizens.
Discuss State Highway Program for Signage-David Pritchett met with Charles Martin of the MSHA Office of Traffic & Safety to discuss Mr. Martin's offer to help the City with it street signage and striping. David is not comfortable with the fact that the program uses a special product made only by 3M. The only way this grant is applicable is if the City chooses a contractor to install this product. This prohibits the City from operating under the normal procurement policy. The State Highway Administration is doing this around the State. The deadline for the list of what the City would like to do with the money is September 14th. The money must be spent (contract awarded) by the end of October. Some striping has been requested. They will print any kind of directional or informational signs. The 3M representatives say the product will last at least 5 years.
Request to Bid Pick-Up Truck and Garbage Truck for DPW-The fiscal year 2001/2002 budget for DPW was approved with these allocations. Commissioner Travers made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid for these items. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Wal-Mart for Permission to Put Six Storage Trailers Behind the Building for the Christmas Season-Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant this request for a 30-day period. The number of trailers must not exceed six with the placement of the trailers subject to full compliance with fire regulations and State and local regulations. Wal-mart must address the issue again if they would like another 30-day period. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 2103 (IBM) (CPD)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve Purchase Order 2103. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 1737 (Caldabaugh Communications); PO 1740 (Emergency Medical Products); PO 1741 (Potomac Fire Equipment)--Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve Purchase Orders 1737, 1740, and 1741 for Cambridge Emergency Medical Services. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. These are related to the purchase of the new ambulance.
Mayor Rippons announced that next week's meeting will be a regular session instead of a work session.
Jim Michael would like to submit a preliminary grant proposal to the Maryland Department of the Environment for assistance with the annexation of the Christ Rock Area.
David Pritchett reported that between Bayly's Crossing (Maces Lane and High Street) and the existing High Street there is a short area that is very dark. A new house has been built and the owner is requesting additional street lighting. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to refer it to the Streetlighting Committee. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Ed Kinnamon reported that the contractors for the sewer projects have to be paid monthly. After the bills are approved they are sent to MDE for drawdown on the loans. Because of the Federal paperwork, it takes beyond 30 days to receive the funds. He is asking Council for permission to borrow on a day-to-day basis an amount of $1,200,000 which is the cost of the last invoice. He is expecting the money any day. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the loan. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
The Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association is requesting permission to reserve Great Marsh Park for the 2002 Eastern Divisionals from Thursday, July 18th to Sunday, July 21st. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant them permission to use Great Marsh Park. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Atkinson requested a variance to the noise ordinance on October 27th for the recognition of Korean Veterans at Sailwinds Park from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Atkinson announced plans for a new sign on the corner of Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street stating, "Welcome to Cambridge" which will have space to post current events in Cambridge. The original cost was $20,000. The Management Board of Sailwinds has cut the cost down to around $9,000. He made a motion for City Council to provide half of the cost ($4,500). Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council had offered the Carlton Court developers in-kind services when they applied for tax credits from the State. The in-kind would consist of installation of a new 6‑inch water main. This will be installed in October.
The Nause Waiwash Band of Indians will be having their 9th Annual Native American Festival on September 15th and 16th at Sailwinds Park. They are requesting a variance to the noise ordinance for both days. Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant this noise variance. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Evangelist Denice Carswell appeared representing the National Church of God on Washington Street. They are going out into the troubled areas with a microphone and portable podium to minister to the people. They are requesting permission for this community outreach and the associated noise variance. In answer to Mayor Rippons question on the history of such requests, David Pritchett reported that several years ago Council denied permission for a similar situation, when the person could not give a specific time and location for his ministry. Evangelist Coswell reported that they will be working on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Mayor Rippons asked for a written request and then Council will vote on it next week.
Lavone Chester, representing the Greater Mount Gospel Baptist Church, 601 Douglas Street, asked permission for the youth to use Cornish Park for a basketball tournament on October 20th from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. They are requesting a noise ordinance for those hours because they will be playing gospel music. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to grant the church permission to use Cornish Park and the associated noise ordinance for said hours. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:12 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 10, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer